Taika Waititi Slammed for Being a Zionist & Signing the Pro-Israel Letter

Bikram Karki

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blurred-reality.com – Taika Waititi, who is a proud Zionist, is getting criticism as he recently signed an IOF letter in support of Israel and even referred to Hamas as terrorists. 

Taika Waititi is a multi-talented New Zealand director, actor, and comedian. He achieved international acclaim for directing and co-writing the 2014 mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows, a satirical look at vampires.

He also directed the critically praised films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. His distinct storytelling style and sense of humor have earned him a notable personality in the cinema business.

On the other hand, Taika Waititi has recently been making headlines as people have been slamming him for being a Zionist. There’s a rumor circulating on the Internet that he cannot stand people who support Palestine. Well, let’s discuss it in detail.

Previously, we touched on the Zionism connection of The Last of Us.

Is Taika Waititi Really a Zionist?

Some reports suggest that Taika Waititi previously signed an IOF letter supporting Israel after the outbreak of the Israel-Palestine conflict. He signed the #NoHostageLeftBehind letter to President Biden to make an effort to release hostages kept by Hamas. The letter even refers to Hamas as terrorists.

Even though Taika has not stated anything about his support for Israeli jews publicly, various sources suggest that he is a proud Zionist. Matter of fact, we have been reported that he previously fired someone from Our Flag Means Death crew for being pro-Palestine.

Taika Waititi is reportedly a proud Zionist. blurred-reality.comTaika Waititi is reportedly a proud Zionist.
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In case you’re unaware, Taika is Māori Jewish. While his mother was Jewish, his father was from the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui Māori people. He has even mentioned it in interviews and has spoken about how his upbringing influenced aspects of his life and work.

While Taika Waititi has his personal reasons to support Israel, many people have been slamming him for endorsing pro-Zionist propaganda. On the other hand, Reddit users have had a discussion about him signing the letter in support of Israel.

Who Actually Are Zionists?

Zionism is a multidimensional political and intellectual movement that originated in the late nineteenth century, pushing for the formation of a Jewish homeland in the ancient territory of Zion, roughly equivalent to modern-day Israel. The movement arose in response to centuries of persecution, prejudice, and anti-Semitism faced by Jewish communities throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

The term “Zionism” is derived from Mount Zion in Jerusalem, which is an important emblem in Jewish history and culture. The idea of a Jewish return to their ancestral home was strongly entrenched in religious beliefs and cultural identity, and it gained traction in Europe during the late nineteenth century as anti-Semitic feelings rose.

Zionism first emerged in the late 19th century. blurred-reality.comZionism first emerged in the late 19th century.
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Zionism was a multifaceted movement with many different philosophies and approaches. Some Zionists fought for a secular Jewish state, emphasizing cultural and national components of Jewish identity, while others embraced religious Zionism, believing Israel’s formation as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The idea gained traction throughout the early twentieth century, particularly when the British government issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which indicated support for the formation of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

Following World War II and the Holocaust, international support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland surged. David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948, achieving a long-held Zionist dream of an autonomous Jewish state. This event was a watershed milestone in Zionist history, ushering in the establishment of a nation that provided refuge and self-determination to Jews all over the world.

Zionism has evolved over time, covering a wide range of beliefs and philosophies about Israel’s policies, its relationship with Palestinians, and its position in the Middle East. While some regard Zionism as a genuine national liberation movement, others condemn it for its impact on Palestinian rights and the region’s continuous war.